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Repeat offender facing drug charges following complaints for the Sumter community

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SUMTER, S.C. (WACH)-- A repeat offender in Sumter County will remain behind bars after his most recent arrest that occurred on Friday.

According to the Sumter Police Department 21-year-old Jaquan Johnman Wells was out on bond for two previous drug cases. Deputies say Wells was responsible for drug activity in the Atlantic Avenue area where he received several complaints from residents in the area.

In response to those complaints, members of the Sumter Police Department's Organized Crime and Vice Control Unit investigated for several months leading up to Wells arrest.

On Friday, he has been charged with seven counts of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and seven counts of possession with intent to distribute marijuana within a half mile of a school or park.

All except one of the drug exchanges investigated were made in the Atlantic Avenue area of the city.

Wells was previously charged in November 2017 after deputies found more than four ounces of marijuana on him. He was charged with domestic violence, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana within a half mile of a school or park before being released on bond.

On May 13, deputies say he was arrested again and charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of a controlled substance.

At that time, deputies found approximately 73 grams of marijuana in his possession. He was later released on bond after being booked at the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center.

“Despite being on bond, Wells chose to continue his illegal activity,” Chief Russell F. Roark III said.

“However, thanks to concerned citizens, our officers were able to respond and ultimately place him in custody at Sumter-Lee where he will remain through adjudication.”

To report drug and other suspicious activity, contact the Sumter Police Department at (803) 436-2700 or you can fill out an illegal drug activity form here.

Information can also be given anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.


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